Country House in Lynton, North Devon - Peaceful, Private Location, 15 minutes walk to the Beach
About Jane Weston
I bought The Lynhurst as a bed and breakfast business 17 years ago and then turned it over to self catering 10 years' ago. Much thought and work has gone into the property to make it comfortable and welcoming. Many guests have commented that The Lynhurst is a 'happy house'. It certainly as a very warm feel about it. Previous owners relatives have arrived to look over the house from as far away as Australia. They have forwarded some pictures dating back to the 1950s. The house was built originally as a gentleman's residence. A successful businessman called Mr Bateman had the house built as a summer retreat for himself and his family. I personally fell in love with the Lynhurst on my first viewing. I am personally involved in all aspects of the maintenance and cleaning of the house.
Jane Weston purchased this House in 2000
Why Jane Weston chose Lynton
Lynton and Lynmouth are known as little Switzerland and have all the aspects of outdoor activities that I love literally on the doorstep. The South West Coast Path is a few hundred yards away taking you over the cliffs to Coombe Martin and beyond or in the other direction to its start in Minehead. Horse riding over Exmoor through the Doone Valley.
What makes this House unique
Lynton and Lynmouth is a unique place often referred to as 'little Switzerland'. It is where Exmoor meets the sea and therefore has some of the most panoramic views in England and The Lynhurst enjoys many of these views from its position thus making it quite unique. It's completely secluded, offers complete privacy, yet all amenities are within easy walking distance five minutes away.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Please consult owner before booking to discuss
Smoking is permitted outside
Dogs are welcome and are charged for.
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:22 (sleeps up to 22 adults)
In the event of a guest having to cancel a confirmed booking. The deposit will be refunded if another booking can be found
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Great place for a half term break for 3 generations of the family, 16 of us all together.
Very well equipped for accommodating our large family - two large sitting rooms so plenty of space for adults and children, a well appointed kitchen with Aga (which made us feel at home) two electric ovens, two big fridges and two dish washers. Lots of bedrooms, bathrooms etc. Would very much recommend for a big group. Slightly on the down side, you can not get a car near to the property, so everything needs to be carried in somehow, either up hill or down hill - even the Tesco delivery needed several trolly trips to bring stuff in. Logs were provided for the two fires but they were very wet - fortunately we brought our own so we were fine. Decent wine glasses were in short supply, as were teaspoons. But these were just small things that absolutely did not detract from a great week, even though the weather wasn't great. It's a very good location to explore Exmoor and the north coast, and we all enjoyed the walks, the cliff railway, the ice creams and the National Trust places around. Thank you, Jane, for offering us such a super base and opportunity to explore that lovely part of the world.
We stayed at The Lynhurst in July of this year for a 50th wedding celebration for my parents. All the family were there – my brother and two sisters with their respective partners and their children ranging in age from 11 months to 15 years of age. Close friends were also invited to the celebration and stayed close by in a bed and breakfast.
We contacted Jane over a year ago to book this marvellous house for the celebrations. Everything we needed to know was quickly answered by Jane (the owner) who directed us to the suppliers that could help us with our plans. My parents decided that it would be a good idea to hire outside caterers to provide a BBQ. As there were so many of us Jane suggested that we erect a gazebo on the lawn in case it rained. However, we were really fortunate with the weather. All the family had a wonderful time and my parents could not believe how fortunate we had been in finding this venue.
The house is located on the coast of Exmoor National Park, North Devon in the village of Lynton. The sea views from the house are stunning. The Lynhurst was lovely and secluded, but it only took us 10 minutes to walk into the village. There are lots of different types of restaurant to choose from, shops and all amenities.
We loved the house. Jane obviously relishes taking care of the house which you can see from the effort she has put into making it so welcoming and comfortable. We mentioned this to Jane and she did confirm that the winter has been spent upgrading the furnishings and re-decorating throughout.
Most of the bedrooms are ensuite and there is one family bathroom for the one room without facilities. This makes staying here so good, because there is no waiting for the bathrooms in the morning! Everything was so clean and well cared for.
During the remainder of the week we relaxed in the comfortable lounges and the children enjoyed the games room with Xbox, table tennis and other games provided. We also went out and about to the various theme parks in the area like The Big Sheep and The Milky Way which are within a 30 minute drive.
The conservatory was a real joy with its own grapevine laden with grapes. The views from here are also stunning and a nice place to relax and get some peace and quiet. That is the great thing about this house in that there is plenty of room to spread out and we never felt we were on top of eac
Thank you so much and I am so pleased that you enjoyed your celebration. I hope that you will get an opportunity in the future to be able to return. We would love to see you. Jane
A catalogue of errors
From start to finish we had a horrendous experience. Most of this was down to terrible organisation and incredibly rude behaviour.
Mistakes by the owner meant our party had to split up in alternative, sub standard accommodation for part of our stay, some had to cut the holiday short and the children in the party where left without a garden to play in.
We were incredibly polite but no apology or form of reimbursement was offered and upon arriving we were spoken to aggressively by one of the owners colleagues. Not the welcome we were hoping for.
The house itself, whilst great for groups, with stunning views, was quite run down and wasn't clean. The beds in particular were quite disgusting.
Upon returning from the holiday we wrote a letter to Jane explaining all of the problems we had encountered but, again after no apology, we were directed to Jane's solicitor for any further communication.
We are a very easy going group of 30 somethings with 4 small children and all it would have taken was an apology and at least some small form of reimbursement. A couple of bottles of wine on arrival, a nice greeting and an apology and I wouldn't be writing this review.
Lynton and Lynmouth are lovely but almost anywhere else will be better than The Lynhurst.
I gave this client unreserved apology for a major blunder on my part, the first such instance in 15 years.
This included the offer of generous compensation by way of full refund or for an alternative booking, also to accept ‘out-of-pocket’ expenses.
The group elected to take up the offer of alternative accommodation for 2 nights for which I paid the sum of £950.00. This was organised by Lynton Tourist Board..
In addition I offered the group the opportunity to stay on at the house for extra nights which was taken up by members of the group.
Fortunately, reviews from all other clients of The Lynhurst since I first opened the house reveal markedly different experiences.
5 minute drive to beach at Lynmouth, car parking included in area car parking permits.
15 minute walk or go up and down on the unique water powered Victorian railway.
Also beaches at Woody Bay with its own waterfall and natural swimming pool at low tide. Also sandy beach at Lee Bay. Only 10 minutes drive.
Exeter and Bristol Airports two hours drive. Trains nearest stations Barnstaple and Tiverton. Frequent bus service from Barnstaple (one hour journey)
5 minutes to village of Lynton. Minehead 30 minutes, National Trust at Arlington 30 minutes, Watersmeet (National Parks) 10 minutes, Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton beaches 30 minutes. Exmoor with its pony riding, Doone Valley, mountain bike trails. Also within five minutes is the Valley of the Rocks home to a colourful herd of horned feral roaming goats, fishing on the East Lyn, steam trains at Woody Bay, Porlock (30 minutes)
Two small supermarkets, one vegetable shop (also selling local meat and bread), post office, bank, hardware shop, chemist, doctors and small hospital. Numerous restaurants, pubs, tea rooms and cafes all within walking distance. Fishing, mountain biking, walking, boat trips along the coast, horse riding, rock climbing, RHS Garden Rosemoor.